Turkey to shut down pro-Kurdish opposition party - ruling party official

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Turkey to shut down pro-Kurdish opposition party - ruling party official
The third largest party in parliament, it has also faced a barrage of legal bids to lift the parliamentary immunity of its lawmakers.
By REUTERS
MARCH 2, 2021

Turkey's government plans to shut down the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the ruling AK Party's deputy parliament chairman was quoted as saying on Tuesday, the most senior official to endorse nationalist demands for its closure. President Tayyip Erdogan's government and its nationalist MHP allies accuse the HDP of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), accusations that escalated after Ankara said Turkish captives were killed by the PKK in Iraq last month.

The MHP have repeatedly called for the HDP's closure over links to the PKK, which Turkey, the European Union, and United States designate a terrorist organization. The HDP denies the accusation. The third largest party in parliament, it has also faced a barrage of legal bids to lift the parliamentary immunity of its lawmakers. "God willing, we will shut down the HDP in the eyes of the people," Cahit Ozkan, a deputy parliamentary group chairman for Erdogan's AKP, was quoted as saying by the state-owned Anadolu news agency. "Our people have lost hope in this party. All 83 million are demanding that this party be politically shut at the ballots and legally within the framework of the constitutional order."

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